Have you ever taken note of number plates of different cars while driving your own? If not, then you will be surprised to learn that some people can go to the extent of spending millions behind creating a number plate of their own choice! There are various reasons as to why one would want to create a special number plate. Whether it is to embellish a car to add charm to one’s personality as a mark of grandeur, or a gesture to loved one, customized number plates is a thing in the world of grace.



And if you are interested and ever wanted to create a personalized number plate for your car, you will know that it is not easy on the pocket. Customizing a number plate as per your choice can cost you a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. In this post, we will take a look at some of the most exorbitantly priced number plates across the world. In the order of their prices, we have arranged the top 7 costliest number plates ever customized, from the lowest to highest prices.

7. "VIP 1", £285,000:
A unique and heavyweight number plate in its own right, the VIP 1 was initially commissioned for the Popemobile of Pope John Paul II, during his papal visit to Ireland. 

However the private plate was bought by Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea soccer team, Roman Abramovich, in 2006. No doubt, the number plate had its fair share of “very important” automobile owners!

6. "M 1", £300,000:
It is one of the most sought-after number registration plates in the UK. It set a new world record for the price of a car plate when it sold for £300,000 during an auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed sale of Sports, Competition and Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia. 

It was bought by Mike McCoomb, reportedly for his son's sixth birthday.

5. “1D”, £352,411:
This number plate with a unique combination of letters and numbers comes with a hefty price, and was bought by Lebanese business tycoon Nabil Bishara. One will be pleasantly surprised to learn that he did not buy it for his own use, rather as a token of affection for his wife who owns a Rolls-Royce. Nabil won it in a fierce bidding that dates back to the year 2009.

4. “S1”, £404,000: 
Believed to be Scotland’s first ever number plate, its first owner was one of Scotland’s first car owners. Named Lord Kingsburgh, S1 adorned his car back in 1903, until recently it was bought by an anonymous bidder in 2008. The new owner tends to embellish an old red Skoda with this antique number plate.

3. "F1", £440,000:
This is one of the most popular and sought-after number plates in the UK. Purchased by Bradford businessman Afzal Khan for a whopping £440,000 in 2008 to adorn his Mercedes SLR McLaren, he regularly shows off his priced asset on Instagram. F1 remains the most expensive number plate to have ever been sold in Britain, and currently has a value of £14.4m!

2. "5", £3.5million:
This single digit number plate was bought by Talal Ali Mohammed Khoury in the year 2007, at an auction for 25 million Dirhams, or £3,500,000, which became the world record at that time. The interesting fact to note that, this millionaire decided to splurge such huge sum of money for a car number plate even when the number 5 did not have any significance for him whatsoever.

1. "1", £7million, Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri, Abu Dhabi, 2008:
Talal Khoury’s world record was smashed by Saeed Abdul Ghaffer Khouri, when he bought a number plate bearing the digit “1” in 2008. Although it is unknown on which of his cars he put this number plate on, according to Saeed Khoury, 1 is the best number that urged him to bid for this number at the auction held in Abu Dhabi.

If you too want to have personalized number plate for your car, then search for authentic dealers online!